Over a year later, Colonie man sentenced after hit & run crash that killed Nat'l Guardsman
COLONIE, NY (WRGB) Master Sergenat Rudolph Seabron was in Latham for a military drill back on January 8th, 2017.
At 3:30 in the morning, he was struck by a hit and run driver on Watervliet Shaker Road.
Colonie Police say the 57 year old Rome native was walking when he was struck. He was then struck by another vehicle shortly afterward.
That driver called 911 and was cleared of any wrongdoing.
33 year old Brian Tromans turned himself in to police, days after the crash after investigators say they found his vehicle. He was charged with leaving the scene of a fatal accident without reporting it.
"He knew he hit a person, and that's the thing, he left the scene," said Lt. Kenneth Pero of the Colonie Police Department.
Tromans told investigators he thought he hit a deer.
Growing up, his brother, Jon Seabron says Rudy was his big brother, his friend, and his hero. As an adult, he says Master Sgt Rudolph Seabron became one of our country's heroes - serving first with the United States Marines, and then the New York National Guard. He did combat tours in Afghanistan, Iraq, and Kuwait.
"He came back unscathed. He came back here to our family in one piece and it's a shame that this guy's actions took my brother away," Seabron said.
Days before Christmas, a judge dropped the criminally negligent homicide, however a jury found Tromans guilty of leaving the scene of an accident, and tampering with evidence.
Tromans was sentenced to 2 1/3 to 7 and 1 1/3 to 4 years, running consecutively.